Globalization and International Planning

The purpose of this concentration is to make students aware of the importance of planning in different contexts that tie the local and global. Students will develop an understanding of how globalization has changed both cities and planning. Students will be exposed to a contextual framework for exploring planning literature and practice in an international perspective. Students will develop an understanding of the relationship between local conditions and global forces, particularly the importance of globalization in local politics through exploration of how global economic forces rather than local supporters have become dominant in maintaining local regimes. Students will develop an understanding of the forces driving urbanization and the challenges at the periphery of urbanizing areas. Students will explore new challenges and issues, such as environmental impacts and migration.

Goals for the Globalization and International Planning Concentration

  • To provide students with theoretical and practical knowledge that is necessary to comprehend and contextualize the processes of globalization.
  • To develop analytical and critical skills to examine the impact of globalizing processes on a specific locale and to access the relevant data and resources.
  • To familiarize students with approaches and role of concerned stakeholders including worldwide organizations like the World Bank, multinational regional compacts like NAFTA, NGOs, and the national governments.

Requirements for the Globalization and International Planning Concentration

UPP 520 International Planning I: Globalization and Development Theory
UPP 521 International Planning II: Comparative Policies and Programs
UPP 52_ International Planning Elective or faculty approved course